Coldplay completes the longest wait for a first No. 1 on the airplay tally.
Coldplay notches its first No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as “Something Just Like This,” with The Chainsmokers, climbs 2-1 on the list dated May 27. The song crowns the ranking with a 6 percent gain in plays and was the only song played on all 167 of the chart’s mainstream top 40 reporters in the week ending May 14, according to Nielsen Music.
The track is The Chainsmokers’ third Pop Songs No. 1, following two in 2016: “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya, which led for three weeks, and “Closer,” featuring Halsey (11 weeks).
Coldplay, meanwhile, rules at last with its 11th Pop Songs entry. The Chris Martin-led alt band reached a prior No. 12 Pop Songs high with “Viva La Vida” in 2008 (the group’s sole No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100). Coldplay first hit Pop Songs on the chart dated March 31, 2001, with the eventual No. 22-peaking “Yellow,” the act’s career span of more than 16 years ends the longest wait for a first No. 1 (from a first entry on the chart), passing the nearly 12-year wait for Enrique Iglesias, who crowned the March 12, 2011, tally with “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E, after Iglesias first appeared on the chart in July 1999.
Coldplay expands its resume of genre airplay charts that it’s topped, having amassed 12 No. 1s on both Alternative Songs and Adult Alternative Songs and one (“Viva”) on both Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop Songs, while “Something” first topped the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart dated May 13; it leads that tally for a third frame.
Also notable on Pop Songs, Miley Cyrus’ “Malibu” debuts at No. 37 with roughly three-and-a-half days of airplay following its May 11 mid-day release. The song is her first entry on the chart since 2014. “We love it and think it will be huge,” says John Ivey, iHeartMedia senior vp president of programming/pop brand manager and program director of KIIS Los Angeles (whose signal reaches the beaches of Malibu). “[Listener] response has been active. It’s such a great song and progression for Miley.”